Historical Overview of the NANBPWC, Inc.



The late Emma Odessa Young, a realtor from New York City and a member of the New York Club of Business and Professional Women, conceived the idea of a national organization of business and professional women in 1934. Unfortunately, Mrs. Young became an invalid and never sought to head the organization. Although an invalid, Mrs. Young’s mind was alert and her interest keen. She was satisfied to witness the progress of the organization before her passing in 1944.


In July of 1935, Mrs. Ollie Chinn Porter, president of the New York Club, extended an invitation to local clubs, organized as Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, to join and form a national organization.   The Founders were Emma Odessa Young, Ollie Chinn Porter and Effie Diton of New York City; Bertha Perry Rhodes, Josephine B. Keene and Adelaide Flemming of Philadelphia; and Pearl Flippen of Atlantic City.


The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. was founded in July 1935, with chartered clubs from New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City.  The membership now includes over 140 clubs and thousands of members across the United States, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Africa.  As an association, the NANBPWC, Inc.  has emerged as a national non-profit organization that strives to continually promote and protect the interests of women business owners and professionals.  With the adoption of its cutting edge 21st century program directive of LETS (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Service), the association has embraced the ever-changing needs of today’s professional woman.   


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National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. - Central Jersey Club

P.O. Box 1161, Asbury Park, NJ  07712

E-Mail:  centraljerseyclub.bpw@gmail.com